Re-elect Sue Denkinger for Shoreview City Council

Why am I running for re-election to City Council?

These uncertain times call for experienced leadership to maintain our city’s quality of life and services while looking to addressing future challenges and opportunities for Shoreview residents.

What will I bring to the City Council? 

First and foremost, my passion for civic involvement! In addition to City Council service, I bring collaborative experience from my business career and from working on policy matters with the League of MN Cities and leading the Ramsey County League of Local Governments in 2019. In my service with the Shoreview Economic Development Commission I’ve seen firsthand the importance of fostering business growth and retention in our community. Housing issues are always a top priority and my 5+ years’ experience with the Economic Development Authority have allowed me to work on initiatives that support affordable housing and expand programs for new and existing homeowners to purchase and/or improve their homes.

What do I hope to achieve?

It’s important to maintain focus on what has made our city successful: collaborative leadership, maintaining our high financial rating and quality of life, and keeping an eye on future needs and opportunities.  My plan is to continue focusing on Shoreview economic development and on housing policy and initiatives that provide the opportunity for an optimal quality life to all of our residents.

FOCUS AREAS AS A COUNCIL MEMBER

Shoreview is a successful, stable and secure community with a history of strong fiscal management and a legacy of beautiful parks and trails.  I believe that maintaining the quality of the community is an overarching goal.  If re-elected, I  also plan to focus on:

1)  Economic Development to retain and attract jobs and businesses to maintain a healthy tax base and keep property taxes low, 

2)  Maintain and enhance existing housing stock, including affordable housing options, and leverage our low interest loan programs to attract new families and residents to Shoreview, 

3)  Increase civic engagement of citizens through enhanced communication of city activities and encouraging volunteerism.

We are a nearly fully developed community which presents challenges for both economic development and housing options.  However we have opportunities  in these areas with the help of our  Business Expansion and Retention program, strategic approach toward  redevelopment opportunities, and the ability to manage our activities by maintaining our AAA rating and ongoing fiscal discipline.

About Sue Denkinger

I’m a 30-year resident of Shoreview, the mother of two grown daughters who attended Island Lake Elementary, St. Odilia School, Chippewa Middle School and Mounds View High School. 

I also am the proud Grandmother of three wonderful children.

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City Council and Volunteer Accomplishments

  • City of Shoreview named as the 2019 Sustainable City Award recipient by the League of Minnesota Cities
  • Currently serve as Shoreview representative on the Lake Johanna Fire Dept. board
  • 2019 President of the Ramsey County League of Local Governments and continue to serve on its Executive Board.  RCLLG comprises Ramsey County local governments and school boards working together.
  • Continue as Vice President of the Economic Housing Development Authority.
  • Participated in policy teams for both Metro Cities (2018) and the League of MN Cities (2019).
  • Participated in annual League of MN Cities annual meetings (2018 and 2019).
  • Member, Women in Local Government organization.
  • As both EDA and Council member, a small number of projects worked on were expansion of Shoreview low interest Home Improvement program, expanded to allow for improvements to  support affordable housing maintenance and down payment assistance, the McMillan, Edison and Loden SV developments,  Shoreview Community Center Expansion and Shoreview Commons improvements.
  • Shoreview is awarded 2013 EDAM Business Retention Project of the Year (picture above)